'''Zarah Leander''' (15 March 1907 – 23 June 1981) was a Swedish singer and actress whose greatest success was in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. Leander began her career in the late 1920s, and by the mid-1930s her success in Europe
, particularly in Germany
and the Scandinavia
n countries, led to invitations to work in the United States
. She was reluctant to relocate her children, and opted to remain in Europe. From 1936, she was contracted to work for the German Universum Film AG
(UFA) while continuing to record songs. Leander later noted that while her films were successful, her work as a recording artist was more profitable.
As a result of her controversial choice to work for the state-owned UFA when it necessarily was subordinate to the Third Reich
, her films and lyrics were viewed by some as propaganda
for the Nazi
cause, although she took no public political position. She was strongly criticised, particularly in...